CMS Plans to Add Flexibility to EHR Incentive Program


In this article by Modern Healthcare, CMS rule writers are making changes to their electronic health-record incentive program. This change helps protects providers from suffering Medicare payment cuts against their will.

Certain groups of hospitals, critical access hospitals, physicians and other professionals are eligible to participate in the incentive program.

By being part of the program, they will have more time to file hardship requests in order to avoid Medicare payment reduction penalties.

The reason why they expanded their hardship request deadline is due to numerous complaints that IT vendors were behind in their deliveries of EHRs. This caused  providers to be unable to meet the program’s criteria.

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